18 Months – Caden

I’ve really been going back and forth on whether or not to keep blogging.  I’m just not sure how important it is to me or really if it is a priority.  But I thought I’d at least get this post in there for my memory’s sake.  I want to be able to look back at remember some milestones.  Plus, Caden is pretty awesome right now.  1.5 years is so much fun.

Weight: 27lbs 14oz {90th percentile}
Height: 35″ {99th percentile}
Head circumference: 48cm {68th percentile}

He’s been having horrible eczema that started appearing about 2 months ago.  So we went and had some blood drawn and sent off to test for common allergies.  We didn’t do the skin prick test although that is likely in our future.  The major thing that came back that surprised us is he’s allergic to dogs and some trees/grasses.  I was expecting some foods to pop up but he wasn’t allergic to any of the common allergy foods.

Vocabulary:
Mommy
Daddy
Trash
Trash can (He loves taking things to the trash can for me and throwing them away)
Bath tub
Shovel (shubble)
Paci (pahi)
Puppy
Chair (cheauh)
Sit
Banana (baynoonuh)
Peach (pea)
Ball
Choo choo
Moo
Book
Block
Pool (poo)
Poo poo (puh puh; tells us when he goes poo poo or pee pee by saying this and points to his diaper)
Cheese
Blankie
Walli (yahyee; my mom’s dog)
Sally (sahyee; his soon-to-be aunt)
KK (his cousin)
Hot (shows you when something is hot by extending his hand out)
Cold (cohl)
Bubble (bahboh)
Apple (bopple and sometimes it’s ahhhpuhhll)
Light (yight)
No
Yes
Snack (nack)
Bath
Thanks (dank)
Bye bye
When I say ‘one’ sometimes he’ll follow with ‘two THREE!’
When I say ‘ready, set…’ he’ll follow with ‘GO’
Bee (he calls all flying insects/bugs bees)
Boo (hides behind things and jumps and says boo!)
Eye
Mouth (mahww)
Nose (no)
Hair (Can point to his eye, nose, mouth, teeth, tongue, hair, head, toes, hands, feet, belly and belly button.)
Hat
Uh oh
Baby
Hi
Ow
Balloon (bahloo)
Slide (sly)
Help (howww)
Chicken (cheechee)
Sweep
Wow
Bible (bahbuhl)
Ice (eye)
Adam (adee)
Jet Ski (jeh kee)
Happy (appy)
Cheers (cheuh)
Teppi

Food he loves:
Pickles
Lemons
Limes
Any fruit (watermelon, bananas, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, kiwi, clementines, grapes, peaches…)
Cheese
Milk
Chicken
Really most foods but those are his favorites…

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He’s happiest when he’s eating :D

When he says bye, he said bye bye and blows a kiss with both hands.
Loves snuggling with stuffed animals.
Around 17 mo we started doing paci only in crib.
Loves to brush his teeth and makes the electric toothbrush sound when he does.
Loves swimming, often requests to go to the ‘poo’.
Not a fan of his car seat.
Got first hair cut by mommy at 17.5 mo.  We were working on a mean mullet/rat tail- barf.
Loves to vacuum and sweep.
Has 12 teeth and 2 upper canines are coming in.
He goes to sleep around 7:30-8PM and sleeps till 8-9AM.  He takes one nap during the day from 12:30/1PM – 2:30/3:30PM.  His nap is usually between 2-3 hours.
Favorite songs are Skinnamarink and Wheels on the bus.
Loves to dance.  We can throw out any beat and he’ll drop it low.
He loves to cheers our drinks.  He’ll say “cheuh!” and hold his drink out and wait for you to raise your drink.

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Watching the US beat Ghana!

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Loves bubbles

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Filling up his ‘poo’

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Playing in the dirt with Liam

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Michael, Liam and Caden: born within about a month of each other.

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Rubbing dirt on himself. He love’s to get dirty… all boy.

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He loves taking selfies. This is his face every time.

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Eating a ‘bopple’.

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Staring at Granny. This is Caden at 18 months and Granny at 87. He loved rubbing her skin. :D

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We were yelling “America!” and this was his reaction.

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Always happy in the pool.

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12 Months

Wow.  Seriously?  I can not believe we’ve had Caden for a year!  It went by so fast.  Every day I’m struck with the realization that I have a baby.  He’s mine.  It has been such hard work, like I never could have imagined but so incredibly worth it.  So much better than I ever dreamt it to be.

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We didn’t do a fancy birthday party even though I do love a good soiree.  I just couldn’t justify doing anything fancy for a one year old when I know there’s no way he’d remember it or even enjoy it.  Cma made him his bear cake and everyone stood around for about 15 minutes watching him cautiously stuff his face.  It was quite entertaining.

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His twelve month stats are:

Weight:  22lbs 2oz {60th percentile}

Height:  31.25in {89th percentile}

Head:  47cm {73rd percentile}

Sleeping: He normally goes to bed between 7:30-8:15PM and will sleep through till about 7am.  Wow, having him wake up at 7AM is like a dream come true.  Some mornings recently, he woke up at 7:30 and gasp!, even 8AM!?  I still go in and change his diaper around 11PM when I head up to bed and usually by then he’s already soaking wet (not soaked through).  I can’t imagine what he’d be like if I didn’t change him.  He does not like being extremely wet and definitely doesn’t like to be soaked through.

Still napping at 10AM and 3PM.  He will sleep between 45 mins to 1hr 15 mins.  Usually one nap is 45 mins and the other 1hr 15mins.

Nursing/bottles:  A week before Caden turned one, I had to stop breastfeeding cold turkey because I got a virus and our pediatrician said it could be passed through breast milk.  I was so sad.  I had planned to stop around or after 1 year but never like that or that sudden.  So he is down to 3 bottles- 7AM, 11:30AM (or whenever he wakes up from his first nap) and 6:45PM.  After he finishes his current container of formula we’re switching to whole milk.  He’s already had some and really likes it.  Our ped wants me to give his milk to him during his meals too, instead of between meals.

Likes: being held, exploring, touching things he shouldn’t, playing with dog cages, opening/closing doors, pulling everything out of our cabinets, reading his books, screeching like a banshee/pterodactyl, food, being outside especially riding in his little car, the ipad, curious george and baby einstein.

Dislikes: when we put him down, when we say no touch

Nicknames: C-bubs, K-bob, bubby, little buddy, nugget, Cadenza {thanks to my aunt}, Ca

Development: HE’S WALKING!  Well his record is 11 steps but he still chooses to crawl.
-Puts his toys in the tub
-Can hike one leg up over tub
-Pats the couch/ground when he wants Toby to come
-Can stack all of his stacking cups
-Waves his arms when he hears music or wants you to sing or when he hears a beat
-Can clap and give high fives
-Can do how big is Caden
-Fave song is wheels on the bus
-Loves anything soft, he loves to lay on soft things the floor (grey/white blanket, big stuffed dog).  If you put a blanket on the floor, he’ll be on it in .2 seconds.
-Loves to feed himself
-When we go upstairs, he goes over to gate and pats it, telling me to put it up
-Tries to put shoes/pants on
-Made his first car sounds while playing with his cars on 12-29
-Grabbed bottle out of his bottom drawer and tried to put it on the top of the counter because it was time to have his bottle and pointed the formula
-Will put his toys away in their proper container
-Has figured out how to drain the tub
-Can go up and down the stairs without my help (I’m right behind him the whole time, don’t you worry)
-He got a convertible car seat for Christmas so I installed that bad boy the next day.  He barely fits in the infant car seat anymore.

Words so far in order: mama, dada, moo, bye, bear (kinda- we said say bear and he says beaauuhhh), quack, he yells MOM (sounds like MAHM) and DAD, Uh-oh (uh-uh).

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Enamored by the new-fake evergreen in our family room.

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Um guys, I’m a little bit stuck

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You do what you gotta do to get your yums.

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standy pants

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Gosh I love his beautiful eyes

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yeah, poopin’ in da tub gets my super relaxed before bed.

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daddy, you read the funniest books!

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We woke up to Caden on christmas morning under his blanket, sitting up, babbling to himself.

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just reading a good book.

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WHAT!?! We have a secret room in our house!?? Why didn’t you tell me???

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cma snuggles

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Bubs and mama

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Reading to Curious George about himself.

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Already insists on doing it himself.

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Getting ready to meet the big man.

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Nooot a fan. But mommy got just what she wanted. A crying baby picture. :)

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Got some new wheels.

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I feed myself.

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Transitioning to his big boy car seat means no sun shade so we gotta make do.

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Caden loves his cousins!

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KK loved feeding bubs.

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Caden and granmama

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First Christmas!

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Caden loves his uncle ty and soon to be auntie sally.

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Not sure why I bought him any gifts because he obvi loves the paper best.

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Birthday bear smash cake!

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Gettin’ messy!

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He looks like he’s enjoying it but really he didn’t act like the cake was any different than any other food.

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his face. :O

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If only you could have heard the sound that came with this face.

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boop boop dpa!

I can’t believe his first year of life is over.  But I’m sooooo excited for all of the years to come!  We love Caden so much, more than we ever thought possible.

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